SAMOS F


SAMOS F

SAMOS-F or Air Force Program 102 refers to a series of SIGINT reconnaissance satellites launched and operated by the United States Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office during the 1960s. The satellites are also called Agena ferrets and heavy ferrets. Approximately sixteen heavy ferrets were launched into low Earth orbits from Vandenberg Air Force Base between February 1962 and July 1971 aboard Thor-Agena and Thorad-Agena rockets. Almost everything about these satellites remains classified.

Launch list

References

* [http://space.skyrocket.de/index_frame.htm?http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/samos-f2.htm SAMOS F2] and [http://space.skyrocket.de/index_frame.htm?http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/samos-f3.htm SAMOS F3] from Gunter's space page
* [http://www.planet4589.org/space/book/programs/nro/usafnro/samos.html SAMOS] from Jonathan McDowell
*Dwayne Day, "Ferrets above: American signals intelligence satellites during the 1960s" International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 17 no. 3. p449-467 (2004)


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